Senate Proposes Life Imprisonment For Rapists

November 20, 2013 11:53 PM

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The Senate is about to pass a Bill that will make sexual offences punishable by life imprisonment.

The federal lawmakers, who overwhelmingly supported the Bill, which would see that anyone who rapes children and minors risk life imprisonment.

The Bill for an Act to make provision about sexual offences, their definition, Prevention, and the protection of all persons from harm and unlawful sexual acts was sponsored by Senator Chris Anyanwu.

Senator Anyanwu lamented that sexual violence and related offences against children, teenagers, women and sometimes men have become pervasive in Nigeria.

She explained that punishment provided in both the criminal and penal codes have been enhanced in the new bill.

Supporting the Bill, Senator Olusola Adeyeye asked lawmakers to step up effort and ensure that the Bill is passed.


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